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British Prime Minister Theresa May will update parliament on the status of Brexit negotiations later on Monday, her spokesperson said, a day after last-ditch talks in Brussels failed to agree a draft divorce settlement.

The statement to MPs, due mid-afternoon, comes amid mounting concern that Britain will now struggle to get a deal agreed before it leaves the European Union in March next year.

“It’s an opportunity to provide an update to the House” of Commons, just days before a key Brussels summit starting on Wednesday, the spokesperson said.

He added that despite “real progress” in the negotiations, there were “a number of unresolved issues” relating to Ireland.

The sticking point is how to keep open the land border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Britain leaves the bloc’s single market and customs union.

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The EU has proposed that until a wider trade deal is agreed that removes the need for frontier checks, Northern Ireland should continue to follow its customs and single market rules.

But London says this so-called “backstop” plan risks internal barriers in the UK, and instead suggests the whole country agree a “temporary customs arrangement” with the bloc.

Sunday’s talks in Brussels broke down after the EU was prepared to accept Britain’s backstop plan but only in addition to its own, a British government source told AFP.

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The Northern Ireland-only option would come into effect if the whole-Britain plan – a potentially complicated arrangement which London says will still allow it to sign its own trade deals with non-EU countries – is not ready in time, Brussels reportedly proposed.

“The EU continues to insist on the possibility of a customs border down the Irish Sea…. [which] is not acceptable to the prime minister,” May’s spokesperson said, declining to give further details.

He also emphasised the need for any backstop to be temporary, saying: “We are not going to be stuck permanently in a single customs territory unable to do meaningful trade deals.”

However, when asked if there would be an end date in the final text, he said: “There are a number of means of achieving what we want to achieve.”

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Several of May’s ministers are said to be considering resigning if she agrees to an indefinite customs arrangement with the EU.

The Northern Irish party which props up her government, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), is also strongly opposed to anything that affects the province’s status within the United Kingdom.

The DUP’s Brexit spokesperson, Sammy Wilson, said leaving without a deal was now “probably inevitable”.

However, May’s spokesperson said: “We want to and are confident of securing a deal this autumn.”

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Brexit Will Not Happen Next Week

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Brexit Will Not Happen Next Week

Brexit will not happen next week.  The United Kingdom has been granted a bit more time to figure out the terms of its departure from the European trading bloc.  The date could be April the twelfth or may the twenty-second.

European Council President, Donald Tusk, says he would push the departure date to May the twenty-second if the UK parliament approves a withdrawal agreement next week.

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Parliament’s failure to approve the Brexit deal next week would mean deadline for departure from the European Union will be April the twelfth.

The decision to grant the delay came a day after may delivered a televised speech blaming parliament for the Brexit impasse. That speech angered the political spectrum.

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May hopes with this European Council next decision, the House of Commons would pass a Brexit deal next week.  She says that would help bring an end to the uncertainty and would help the UK to leave Europe in a smooth and orderly manner.

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Chemical Factory Explosion In China Kills 47, Injures Over 600

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Chemical Factory Explosion In China Kills 47, Injures Over 600

An explosion at a chemical plant that occurred on Thursday in China’s eastern Jiangsu province has killed 47 people and injured over 600, among which 90 are critically injured, state media reported.

The fire which happened at a plant that contained highly inflammable chemical owned by the Tianjiayi Chemical Company spread to neighbouring factories was finally brought under control at 3.00 a.m. on Friday.

President Xi Jinping, who is in Italy on a state visit, ordered all-out efforts to care for the injured and to “earnestly maintain social stability”, state television said.

Authorities must step up action to prevent such incidents and determine the cause of the blast as quickly as possible, Xi added.

Reuters disclosed that some police at the scene were wearing face masks, sealed off roads to the plant. The blast smashed windows in the village of Wangshang two kilometres (1.2 miles) away, and shocked villagers likened it to an earthquake.

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New Zealand Bans Sale Of Assault Rifles, Semi-Automatic Weapons

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New Zealand Bans Sale Of Assault Rifles, Semi-Automatic Weapons

New Zealand has banned the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons after the country’s worst-ever attack in which fifty persons were killed in two mosques.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference the ban is in the national interest and it’s about safety… To prevent an act of terror from ever happening again in New Zealand.

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Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by mid-April.  Buy-back schemes will be established for banned weapons.

Ardern said the suspect arrested in the attacks had purchased his weapons legally and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines “done easily through a simple online purchase.”

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The changes in New Zealand’s gun laws are expected to curtail future acts of random violence like the mass mosques shootings in Christchurch.

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